Medical Card Scheme ( Including online applications)

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The online application form for medical cards is available to: Persons over 16 years of age who wish to submit an application for the first time, to people who already have medical card eligibility and GP visit card eligibility and who wish to have their continued eligibility reviewed online. The target turnaround time for all complete applications using this service is 15 days.

Applicants can submit applications using their personal computers, tablets or mobile phones. The system allows applicants to submit / upload supporting documentation, including photographs and will avoid the need for the GP to sign the relevant sections of the form.

The Medical Card Scheme provides the patient with:


(1) Free access to the GP.
(2) Prescription Medication that the GP or the Public Hospital System considers appropriate.   
There is a €1.50 charge per item dispensed in a calendar month, up to a maximum of €15 monthly with a reduction to €1 per item for the over 70's. 


The €15 monthly maximum charge covers either one person or a family of two parents and children up to age 18 years.